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Pennsylvania Code



Subchapter H. PUBLIC INFORMATION PROCEDURES;
RECORD MAINTENANCE



56.201.    Public information.
56.202.    Record maintenance.

Cross References

   This subchapter cited in 52 Pa. Code §  56.1 (relating to statement of purpose and policy).

§ 56.201. Public information.

 (a)  In addition to the notice requirements in this chapter, the Commission will, within 6 months of the effective date of a change to a regulation in this chapter, prepare a summary of the rights and responsibilities of the public utility and its customers affected by the change. Summaries will be mailed by the public utility to each customer of the public utility affected by the change. These summaries, as well as a summary of the rights and responsibilities of the public utility and its customers in accordance with this chapter, shall be in writing, reproduced by the public utility, displayed prominently, available on the public utility’s web site if the public utility has one and available at all public utility office locations open to the general public. The public utility shall inform new customers of the availability of this information and direct where to locate it on the public utility’s web site. The public utility shall deliver or mail a copy upon the request of a customer or applicant.

 (b)  A public utility which serves a substantial number of Spanish-speaking customers shall provide billing information in English and in Spanish. The written information must indicate conspicuously that it is being provided in accordance with this title and contain information concerning, but not limited to, the following:

   (1)  Billing and estimated billing procedures.

   (2)  Methods for customer verification of billing accuracy.

   (3)  Explanation of operation of purchased gas adjustment clauses.

   (4)  Payment requirements and procedures.

   (5)  Security deposit and guarantee requirements.

   (6)  Procedures for discontinuance and reconnection of service.

   (7)  Dispute, informal complaint and formal complaint procedures.

   (8)  Explanation of meter reading procedures which would enable a customer or occupant to read his own meter.

   (9)  Procedure whereby customers or occupants may avoid discontinuance of service during extended periods of absence.

   (10)  Third-party notification procedures.

   (11)  Telephone numbers and addresses of the public utility and of the nearest regional office of the Commission where further inquiries may be made.

   (12)  Definitions of terms or abbreviations used by the public utility on its bills.

   (13)  Information indicating that additional consumer protections may be available for victims of domestic violence who have a protection from abuse order or a court order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction in this Commonwealth which provides clear evidence of domestic violence, people with serious illnesses and low income households.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  56.201 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  331, 501, 504, 1301, 1305, 1401—1419, 1501, 1504 and 1509.

Source

   The provisions of this §  56.201 adopted June 16, 1978, effective June 17, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 1655; amended April 8, 1983, effective April 9, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 1250; amended October 7, 2011, effective October 8, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 5473; amended May 31, 2019, effective June 1, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 2815. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (359012) to (359013).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  57.257 (relating to disputes concerning advanced metering).

§ 56.202. Record maintenance.

 A public utility shall preserve for a minimum of 4 years written or recorded disputes and complaints, keep the records accessible within this Commonwealth at an office located in the territory served by it and make the records available for examination by the Commission or its staff. Information to be maintained includes the following:

   (1)  The payment performance of each of its customers.

   (2)  The number of payment arrangements made by the public utility company and a synopsis of the terms, conditions and standards upon which arrangements were made.

   (3)  The number of service terminations and reconnections.

   (4)  Communications to or from individual customers regarding interruptions, discontinuances, terminations and reconnections of service, including the name and address of the customer, the date and character of the dispute or complaint and the adjustment or disposal made of the matter.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  56.202 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301, 1401—1419, 1501 and 1509.

Source

   The provisions of this §  56.202 adopted June 16, 1978, effective June 17, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 1655; amended July 17, 1998, effective August 17, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 3379; amended October 7, 2011, effective October 8, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 5473; amended May 31, 2019, effective June 1, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 2815. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (359013) to (359014).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  57.257 (relating to disputes concerning advanced metering).



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